Antonio Conte was keen to remind journalists that he has a contract with Tottenham and is both happy and committed to the club at this moment in time, during his press conference today.
However, when asked if he wanted to be a part of the long-term project in North London, the Italian admitted it was a ‘problem between me and the club’. He also pointed out that many things could happen, including a difference of visions or a club sacking a manager.
Journalist Alasdair Gold later revealed that many journalists believe the head coach meant ‘discussion’ more than ‘problem’ in the context of these comments.
Consensus here at the press conference is that Conte meant 'discussion' more than the word 'problem' here. As in the project is something he and the club have to work on together. https://t.co/irl0VNVkSB
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) January 3, 2023
Tottenham find themselves in somewhat of a rocky patch after what was an impressive start to the 2022/23 Premier League season. One point from the last two games, and ten matches in a row in which Spurs have conceded first, plus a mounting injury list – things are far from rosy.
Conte was keen to point out that he is trying to create a base foundation, but refused to confirm how long he would be around to build from those foundations.
He said (Football London): ” I am happy but I always say to you I am happy. I want to stay here. I am enjoying my time in Tottenham, I am enjoying my work in Tottenham.
“I always say this and I am happy but it doesn’t mean I cannot tell you what we are doing. We are trying to create a base foundation.
“Maybe from the start of my experience here I am repeating always the same thing. It is difficult for me every day to repeat the same thing and for you not to understand. It is difficult.
“I am happy to stay here because I am at a modern club, I have a good relationship with the players and I have a good relationship with the club.
“Sometimes I go home and think I have to study much more English because I am not good to transfer my thoughts to you because I am not good.”
When asked if he wants to be a part of the Spurs project, he added: “This is a problem between me and the club. Now I am really committed for this club and for Tottenham. Then there is this project and I signed a contract with this club to accept this project and try to build and help the club.
“During this process it can happen 1,000 things. The club can sack the manager or there are different visions, different situations.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Tottenham seem to be moving towards a parting of ways with Antonio Conte. Reading between the lines, I don’t think his vision lines up with Tottenham’s, but surely the hierarchy should have known this from day one. It feels like Mourinho all over again.
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